Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Silver status

Today I got my upgraded Milage Plus card from United Airlines. I have now been flying so much this year that I've obviously had reached the Premier or Silver status level.

This really isn't anything to strive for. It just means you've spent way too much time on an airplane.

During the years when I flew a lot between Sweden and California I quickly reached the highest level (and quickly lost it during the years I didn't fly as much, being busy with kids). They do come in a bit handy though. I can skip the check-in lines, go quicker through security, have priority boarding, easier access to the good seats - all those small things that actually do make the boring, long "bus" trips to Sweden a bit easier.

I have tons of accumulated miles since the past few years. But I have never managed to find a single trip where I could actually use any of them. So in the meantime I'm just going to enjoy to be able to check in at the Business Class section when I fly to Sweden in three weeks.

9 comments:

Ing said...

My husband had gold-status on SAS one memorable year and oh did we enjoy it. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we kept on using it well after it expired, although it was extremely scary. When you travel with kids it makes everything so much easier, you can escape into comfortable lounges where they have playrooms and good sandwiches, you get to pass people in line or use the line with no people in it, with kids it makes all the difference. Enjoy your silverstatus, I hope it's almost as good as gold!

Desiree said...

Det är ju alltid bra att ha sådana där flygpoäng som underlättar inchek och sådant. Har du tillgång till loungen också med silverkortet? Man har väl lättare att också få uppgrades till business och sådant med många poäng.

veronika said...

Vad härligt Jacal, att du kan flyga i buisness class till Sverige i Oktober!

Hoppas pa att nästa gång du ska flyga med dina barn att du slipper allt krångel med sittplatserna.

JaCal said...

Ing - they do come in handy! Silver is ok in the US - easier check-in and security - but at Arlanda you need gold status. I can only use the lounge if I'm on an international trip (unless I have a separate membership). But it sure is a difference! Didn't know I had flewn that much this year, came as a surprise to me...

Desiree - ja, det underlättar verkligen. Jag har ju egentligen inget direkt val än att vara lojal mot Star Alliance - SAS/United eftersom de har den bästa förbindelsen och den enda 1-stops flygningen härifrån.

Veronika - nja... sitter ju i ekonomi - men kan i alla fall checka in med business resenärerna! När jag hade silver och sen guld förra gången hände det ofta att jag blev uppgraderad - väldigt trevligt! Tror dock inte att varken silver eller guldkort hindrar från strul med sitplatser med barn - verkar vara ett inbyggt fel hos SAS...

SweFlo said...

If you can't use the miles for flights you might want to check your miles co's web site. Mine is Delta, and they allow you to get magazine subscriptions for miles, one subscription is usually like 500-1,000 miles. We don't fly Delta anymore, but had a LOT of miles with them between me and the husband. I have so far had 15 subscriptions a YEAR for the past 3 years.. Plus a bunch for hubby's office. No hassling or anything! They are called Magazines for Miles. Check it out! The available magazines change all the time, lots of good once usually! I know United used to be part of the magazine redemption too.

SweFlo said...

Found this on United´s web site:

Miles for Magazines,

1-800-961-8723

No online thing it seems. I have a United mileage card too, but I have no idea where it is, so I couldn't log in to see if it is available only when you are logged in, but the 800 number could be worth a try!

britgirl said...

All that flying and you're still alive!!! Amazing! hehe!

JaCal said...

Sweflo - thanks for the tip! Have to check that out! I have LOTS of miles... should be a LOT of magazines, since subscriptions are fairly cheap.

Britgirl - amazing eh! ;-) No no - you go back to statistics and see that it's very, very, VERY safe to fly. ;-)

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